Muntinlupa to start scheduling vaccination for seniors, people with comorbidities

Published April 23, 2021, 3:25 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Muntinlupa City government will start using a scheduling system in vaccinating residents against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Starting Saturday, April 24, it will pilot test the system for registered senior citizens under A2 priority group and persons with comorbidities under A3 group at Ayala Malls South Park in Alabang, which will be opened on the same day as the first major vaccination hub in Muntinlupa. 

The Ayala Malls South Park can accommodate up to 500 residents from Barangays Alabang, Bayanan, and Putatan per schedule. Additional major vaccination hubs in other local malls will be opened in the coming weeks.

Community vaccination sites in barangays will continue to accommodate residents from different priority groups. The schedule in barangay vaccination centers will be posted on the Muntinlupa City government’s official Facebook page.

As of April 20, the city government has vaccinated 18,093 residents consisting of 5,123 healthcare workers (A1), 5,630 senior citizens (A2), 7,337 persons with comorbidities (A3), and three A4 or those belonging to the commuter transport sector and other frontline workers.. 

Of the total, 13,977 were vaccinated with CoronaVac and 4,116 with AstraZeneca, according to the City Health Office (CHO). The CHO has recorded a 100 percent vaccination rate among healthcare workers. 

Those who have registered with the Muntinlupa City COVID-19 Vaccination Program (MunCoVac) will receive a text message from the city government informing them of the date and time of their vaccination using Sinovac Life Science’s CoronaVac vaccine. 

Recently, Department of Health-National Capital Region officials led by Regional Director Dr. Gloria Balboa and Asst. Regional Director Dr. Ma. Paz Pecson Corrales visited Muntinlupa and discussed the national government’s vaccine plan and the status of the country’s vaccine purchases. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi reported the city’s COVID-19 vaccination status and the local COVID-19 situation including healthcare capacity status and updates on isolation facilities.  He also appealed for more vaccine allocation for Muntinlupa as more residents are registering for the vaccination program. 

The city government reminded the people that the vaccine supply from the national government is limited. Muntinlupa’s order of 400,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine has yet to arrive.  

As of April 22, Muntinlupa has 10,292 confirmed cases including 8,636 recoveries and 273 deaths, leaving 1,383 active cases.